The deeply divided nation of Greece is preparing for Sunday’s referendum vote to decide whether they accept more difficult austerity cuts from Europe or not accept the cuts and possibly lose membership in the common currency euro zone.
In what appeared to be a stable Europe only a few years ago, the European Union faces security issues. An unprecedented crisis with migrants, a war in the Ukraine and growing threats from Islamic militants have threatened the alliance of 28 nations, as economic populism and nationalism surge across many capitals.
While the Greeks prepare for their Sunday historic referendum, the instability in the country will persist regardless of the outcome. Food staples are dwindling in grocery stores, gas stations are beginning to run low on fuel and close to all imports have grinded to a temporary standstill.
Greece will need much more help beyond his borders when it awakes on Monday morning to its life after the vote.
Nikos Kotzias the Foreign Minister of Greece said the country was surrounded by a triangle of crisis as well as destabilization.
He cited the continuing conflict in Ukraine, the Islamic States bloody ways of taking control in Iraq and Syria and the raging Syria civil war.
Both sides painted the vote as one that would stretch far beyond the ballot’s question, which asked the Greek voter whether he or she want to accept tough new austerity terms.
Those Greeks wanting to accept the offer want to desperately secure a place within Europe, mindful Athens is nearer to Damascus than the EU capital in Brussels.
Many who want the bailout rejected, including the leadership in the country, vow that they create EU structures altogether, making them far more democratic and responsible to voter’s demands.
A small group complains the EU has brought little of anything but new woes, and that Greece should make the final break.
The security implications for the referendum cut in both directions depending on if voters see more at stake for Europe or for Greece.
Rulers of the Syriza Party the ruling leftist group argue that the crucial role the Greeks have in the refugee crisis means Europe could not oust them from the group.
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